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Software company with high-powered lobbyist left competitors in the dust in race for a Utah vaccine contract
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Software company with high-powered lobbyist left competitors in the dust in race for a Utah vaccine contract

The following story was reported by Cathy McKitrick of The Utah Investigative Journalism Project, in partnership with The Standard-Examiner, The Daily Herald, The Park Record and The Spectrum News. Companies of all stripes hoping to get in on the massive infusion of public dollars in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic were aggressive and fast...

Utah doctors complain of conflict of interest in Intermountain Healthcare’s sports medicine contract
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Utah doctors complain of conflict of interest in Intermountain Healthcare’s sports medicine contract

The following story was written and reported by Eric S. Peterson and Jennifer Greenlee of The Utah Investigative Journalism Project in partnership with The Salt Lake Tribune. For more than a decade, Intermountain Healthcare surgeons replaced or repaired damaged joints, muscles and tendons with medical devices from Arthrex, the leading supplier for sports medicine. Since...

Playing the cannabis card: Doctors complain Utah’s law creates ‘paper mill’ that doesn’t help patients
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Playing the cannabis card: Doctors complain Utah’s law creates ‘paper mill’ that doesn’t help patients

The following story was written by Cathy McKitrick of The Utah Investigative Journalism Project in partnership with The Park Record. During the first year of Utah’s medical cannabis program, several clinics sprouted to help patients get the required card that allows them to purchase products from the state’s seven dispensaries. But some worry that these...

Slippery Sales: Utah’s MLM companies push high volumes of “immunity boosting” essential oils during pandemic scare despite lack of scientific support
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Slippery Sales: Utah’s MLM companies push high volumes of “immunity boosting” essential oils during pandemic scare despite lack of scientific support

The following story was written by Eric S. Peterson of The Utah Investigative Journalism Project in partnership with Utah Stories.   “Hi!  I just need some advice please!,” read a panicky post made to the Facebook page of “DT Essential Oils – Best Recipes & Remedies” on March 24. The woman wrote that her husband was...

Utah’s rehab deserts: Despite crises, drug treatment options decline in rural counties
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Utah’s rehab deserts: Despite crises, drug treatment options decline in rural counties

The following story was written and reported by Taylor Hartman for The Utah Investigative Journalism Project in partnership with The Spectrum. Addiction touches every corner of Utah, altering the lives of families in both rural areas and cities, prompting a need for recovery resources, treatment and hope. With alcohol and drug abuse —especially opioids — on...

Opioid makers spent nearly a million dollars on Utah doctors in recent years, ties now used against the companies in lawsuits
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Opioid makers spent nearly a million dollars on Utah doctors in recent years, ties now used against the companies in lawsuits

The following story was written by Luke Ramseth for The Utah Investigative Journalism Project in partnership with The Salt Lake Tribune.   It starts out easily enough: An opioid sales representative tells a doctor about a product over lunch, then picks up the tab. For some doctors, this arrangement spirals into a habit. As reps...